Ay Chung Mian Xian – Taipei


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Technically, my first meal stop in Taipei was to the Da’an outpost of the famed Ay Chung noodle shop (阿宗麵線), near the Zhongxiao Fuxing metro stop.DSC_0134-001House of Haos Ay Chung Mian Xian Taipei Taiwan Noodles 2House of Haos Ay Chung Mian Xian Taipei Taiwan NoodlesAy Chung (or Ah Zong, in phonetic Mandarin) is well-known for its mian xian, a kind of rice vermicelli, in a thick, savory soup made from dried bonito, bamboo shoots, and pork large intestine (there are still chewy bits of the intestine in the soup, which added nice textural moments).

I didn’t have much of a point of reference, but the small bowl I had packed an immense wallop of flavor, a pungency that recalled and rivaled some mean ramen broths, which makes sense given the shared presence of bonito.  The noodles are barely noticeable, almost disembodied, but this seemed appropriate; more weight would’ve distracted from the flavor rush.  I further punished myself by adding small but potent doses of additional seasoning, especially the…

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Mr. Caswell has been composing poetry at least since High School. He has been on WORD PRESS for ten years and contributes to two other blogs beside this one. This blog has a Christian emphasis but all bloggers are welcome. Mr. Caswell chooses to---with permission--re[post material of interest

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